Religious Highlights

4 h. tour (Private tour)

(transportation + visit the Convent of Evangelismos + visit the Convent of Zoodohos Pigi + visit the monastery of St. John + visit the Cave of Apocalypsis)

You will board your private vehicle at the port of Skala and you will take the coastal road passing the south end of the island to the Convent of Evangelismos which lays in a beautiful setting surrounded by well-kept gardens with a spectacular view over the bay of Kipi. The original chapel of St. Luke dates from 1613 and the Convent itself was founded in 1937.

You will have the opportunity to see a wonderful collection of frescoes painted by the nun Olympia who died within the last decade. This large Convent is a wonderful example of ecclesiastical architecture and houses an exhibition where examples of handicrafts made by the nuns can be purchased.

You will then drive to the old village of Chora where you will start with a short walk through the winding cobbled streets and arrive at the tiny Convent of Zoodohos Pigi (The Spring of Life) built in 1607. On one side of the cobbled courtyard is the chapel, where you will discover an array of recently restored 17th century frescoes, the timeless art of the icon along with a beautifully carved icon wall. On the other is a small gift shop where one can purchase handicrafts made by the nuns.

You will then continue by foot through a labyrinth of atmospheric lanes winding their way to the foot of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian built in the 11th century. Here one can get a glimpse of monastic life and absorb timeless history through the magnificent ecclesiastical artifacts of its museum. Among the Monastery’s treasures are frescoes of the founder Christodoulos and miracles of St. John, ancient documents dating from the 6th century, vestments, silverware and numerous icons including a work attributed to El Greco.

After a short ride you will arrive at the Cave of the Apocalypse - home to the birth of the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Holy Bible. In 95AD, at the time of the persecution of the Christians, St. John was exiled to the Island of Patmos where the vision of the Revelation was revealed to him in this small cave which has now become a place of worship and an important destination for pilgrims.

After this memorable tour, you will embark your private vehicle and enjoy a short ride back to the port.

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